Sea Shell Cottage…A Garden Tour


”In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.”~Alice Waker




Hello, sweet friend.

 Today’s post is rather special because my friend MarSea who lives in Huntington Beach, California has graciously agreed to share her cottage garden with me. us

🧜‍♀️I’m doing the happy mermaid dance! 🧜‍♀️



MarSea’s garden is one of the 19 gardens chosen to be on the Mary Lou Heard Garden Tour on May 5, 2018 in Huntington Beach.🧜‍♀️

🧜‍♀️Perhaps those of you nearby will be able to go🧜‍♀️



 Before we begin the tour I wanted to say a little about MarSea🧜‍♀️ We met over 10 years ago when a mutual friend brought her to my home for a tea party I was hosting. At the time we both lived in larger homes (in California) and now years later we have downsized (big time) and moved into small cottages by the sea. Below is MarSea’s story about how she created her new garden by the sea.🧜‍♀️








MarSea’s Sea Shell Cottage

“🧜‍♀️My sweetest memories have always been in the garden with my Grammie and also my Mom on the beach, so my dream has come true…






and I am in a cottage at the beach with a wonderful garden that I’ve christened with a plaque, “Sea Shell Cottage” you will see when you visit.🧜‍♀️








It’s a brand new garden and it’s all about the past, the future, and loved ones.🧜‍♀️



I have my Grammie’s irises, her epie plant and my Mother’s love for roses and hydrangeas with one named after my Granddaughter, Summer.🧜‍♀️






Mom would be so happy here, I feel her when I am in the garden digging and I tear up as I lost her late last year…



Seems those flowers are doing the best! I have Italian bellflower for my Daughter-in-law, and the Italian family I’ve invited into my heart.🧜‍♀️



Even a MaryLou Heard plant I purchased from her many years ago is thriving as well as her sweet-pea which I hope will be in bloom at tour time.🧜‍♀️



My sons are here too, but they will have to find that secret one day–sssshhh…, I will tell you though. 🧜‍♀️





My friends are here too with what I call, “pass-a-long plants,” always the best and hardiest plants–just like them! A rose named, “Penny Lane” is here after a sweet furry girlfriend pet.🧜‍♀️



I feel so lucky to live in this cottage and peaceful retreat. Everywhere I’ve lived I have hung my wind chimes for my Mom.🧜‍♀️



They provide a peaceful feeling to all my visiting guests. Hope to see you on the tour!”


 Thank you MarSea for sharing your lovely seaside garden🧜‍♀️


🧜‍♀️Cheers to a fabulous weekend🧜‍♀️













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The most important thing is to express your true nature in the simplest, most adequate way, and to appreciate it in the smallest exisistence”~From Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki



 Hello, sweet friend…💕



I’ve had a good week. How about you?



I actually went on a little get-away for part of the week…



A spontaneous escape…











makes for the best adventures.



Upon returning home I settled back into the usual nesting thing.



Purchased a new set of sheets…



Lovely pillow cases



and a different mattress for the daybed



which sits in the loft.



A moment of time was spent freshening up a window box



Before I knew it the week had flown by.

does this ever happen to you?




Right now I’m thinking that if I could choose the best moment of the week it would have to be the afternoon Joe surprised me with a meal he whipped up while I was resting.



Joe’s Spaghetti ala 🥦 broccoli

directions as told by Joe👩‍🍳

(my husband has a great sence of humor)

Joe: “Hello this is Joe, Marcia’s husband.  I’m very happy to share with you how I prepare spaghetti ala broccoli. First I got two pots… a small and the other a large or medium… and filled those with water. In the smaller pan I just put perhaps about an inch and a half of water. The big pot is for the pasta so I filled that about halfway and I put a little bit of the kosher salt in both of them so that it absorbs into the pasta and into the florettes of broccoli. I wait for a while until the water starts to boil and then I put in the pasta. Next I put the florettes of broccoli…slowly boil so I don’t want to over-boil the broccoli… and then in the meantime as I am monitoring the pasta and the broccoli I prepare a small dish of butter and olive oil that I’m going to heat and pour over when the pasta is ready. When it looks like the broccoli is ready…I drain in a colander the pasta and put that on a plate then I followed up by then draining.  After I drained the broccoli I put that on top of the pasta on the plate and then at this time I have warmed the small dish with the butter and olive oil and then I pour that over the mixture.


served it to my happy adoring wife.”






Something tells me…


theres been some crazy nesting going on around here.

(P.S. My husband told me that perhaps next time we’ll have broccoli chicken ala spaghetti.)😉


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Garden Dreams & A Return To Dragonfly Farm & Nursery


”Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello, sweet friend…💕

 I hope your Spring has sprung off well.🤗 🌷 For me this season is the mark of new beginnings…that of hope and it’s reminder for taking the time to make room for nourishing ourselves and creating a beautiful life. For many years…and at the center of my own being has been the desire to create a life living simply here on the Oregon coast…this dream includes a small cottage garden. A garden of my dreams would include stepping stones leading to a place where I could sit breathing in or gazing in awe the surrounding beauty. I have come closer to attaining this dream…however there’s still work to do. This season my hope is that I’ll take the time to get out and plant those renewing and joyful flower seeds. In case you too have a similar dream… I might have found the perfect place to begin. 💕




This post has been re-edited

April 2016


The spirit of the Dragonfly Farm reminds me that everything is possible. That we can achieve our dreams and our goals. With that being said I’d like to begin today’s post with an introduction to Jenine and Pam. They are the adorable mother/daughter owners of The Dragonfly Farm & Nursery located in Langlois on the beautiful Oregon coast.



I know after that sweet introduction you must be dying to see this place.

Lets get started.



Dragonfly Farm & Nursery is located at 49295 Highway 101 in Langlois, OR.

(541) 844-5559




A beautiful…




not too long drive…




from my sweet cottage on the coast.









Upon your arrival you will most likely be greeted by gracious & charming attendants.👩‍🌾




I met Jenine when I first moved to the Oregon coast in 2015.

I had been checking out the local farmers market and came upon Dragonfly Farm booth.





Jenine was so enthusiastic as she shared about the Dragonfly Farm which she and her mom owned and operated.







(since then Jenine’s boyfriend Cody has joined in the fun)
















Jenine’s sweet personality, coupled with the story of how Dragonfly Farm got its name grabbed my heart. She stressed it was all about transformation.








Her joy and enthusiasm are contagious.  This partnership venture is a real testimony to the value of finding Joy and passion in whatever we do in life.




Her vision is that Dragonfly Farm will become a destination for families…



to visit and enjoy a picnic lunch…




visit the animals…




experience the herb garden



beauty of nature…



Peruse the fabulous gift shop




Or just hang out together.



If you are in the area I highly recommend you stop by to check out this wonderful treasure on the Oregon coast.  And to my former SoCal friends maybe I’ll see ya there!😎 (It’s only a 900 mile drive😘) I’ll  be the one hanging out sipping my roast on the coast coffee. (grin)


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“Its been fun, a great experience to have my baby the youngest of five do this with me. And hopefully when you come if you do come  you’ll have a good time as well! We’d love to see you” ~Pam


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“And the reason we are called Dragonfly Farm is that we are so much more than a plant nursery. We have goats, rabbits, free range chickens. And, now we have sheep! You can come bring a picnic enjoy our herb garden, see the animals,  and walk through the nursery.”~Jenine




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A View From My Kitchen Window

”Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”- Galatians









Although small in size…



I enjoy the view from my kitchen window…



Overlooking a part of the garden.



This time of year the view feeds my soul with blossoming buds…



on the Weeping Willow.



Everyday these small buds open up…



transforming into green vibrant leaves.



I am reminded why I enjoy this season…



as I observe all the changes going on.



The importance of  change and growth and it’s result…new beginnings.

This tree which begins to lose its leaves in late summer…allowing me to see things in the yard that need some work…weeds that have seemed innocent now have taken over…that fence now visible and needs to be replaced.



These improvements will take time to change.

Similarly I am aware that this same principle in the garden applies to issues in my life that I want to change or improve in. A not so pleasant habit..mending a broken relationship…or building a new friendship.



I can’t expect instant results. My experience with the garden reminds me that the results will most likely be worthwhile…I’ll achieve my goal or grow a little more by learning something I needed to learn about life.💐




Joe suggested since Easter was just around the corner we should make Hot Cross Buns. fabulous idea Joe! After perusing many recipes I found this vintage recipe from an old 1950’s cookbook. I knew this was the one.





1 cup milk

1/3 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 packages active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water

5 cups sifted flour (about)

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup golden raisins

Melted shortening



Confectioners’ Sugar Icing (see recipe)


Scold milk; add butter, sugar, and salt.



Stir till sugar dissolves; cool to lukewarm. Sprinkle yeast on water; stir till dissolved. Add to milk mixture. Add half the flour; mix well. Stir in eggs. Add enough flour to make a soft dough; mix well.



Knead about 10 minutes.



Place in a greased bowl; brush with shortening.



Cover; let rise in warm place till double in bulk, about 2 hours. Punch down. Turn out on floured board; knead in raisins. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls.



Place in greased pans, 1 inch apart. Brush with egg yolk diluted with a little water. Cover; let rise till double in bulk, about 1 hour. Bake in moderately hot oven, 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool. Make crosses on buns with confectioners’ sugar icing. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen buns.


Mix together 1 cup sifted confectioners’s sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons warm milk, a little vanilla.


Easter Blessings!



At the last minute I decided to do a vlog sharing the beautiful Weeping Willow blossoming.


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“An interior is the natural projection of the soul.”

~Coco Chanel









For me every home has a soul to be discovered.



We might feel a good experience as we walk into a home for the first time…



other times it takes a while to see what it needs we must listen carefully.



 Since moving into this cottage on the Oregon coast in 2015 I have tried to be in tune to it’s needs…



and my wants.



Fortunately…and more often than not the two have come together-rather effortlessly.



Such was the case when recently vintage looking pavers were added to replace the gravel driveway.





A bit of charm added each year…it might be  something small which adds the most life and beauty into the soul of a home…



shrubs planted to replace an old fence…a few new windows…flooring … a fresh coat of paint.



This  sweet cottage soul speaks simplicity…



and not unlike the coming of Spring…



It’s time has begun to blossom …



just a little more.




With the arrival of Spring Joe & I agreed making veggie spring rolls would be perfect with all the bright cheery colors of the season wrapped up in a yummy (and easy) and healthy meal.









1 package rice paper spring roll wrappers

1 (5 0x.) bag baby spring lettuces

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 hothouse cucumber, sliced

1 avocado, peeled and sliced

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage

fresh mint and basil





  1. Fill a wide bowl with at least an inch of warm water. Dip one rice paper wrap in the water and let soften 5-10 seconds. Remove from the water and lay on you work surface.




2. Place a handful of the greens toward one end of the soaked wrap. Top with the other veggies and herbs. If you want certain veggies showing at the top of the rolls, lay that toward the other end.



3. Pick up the end of the rice paper closest to your mound of veggies and tightly wrap it over the veggies. Grab each end and fold over like a burrito. The paper will stick to itself. Continue wrapping the roll until sealed. Continue making the rolls this way until you have made all you want or are out of ingredients. Store the rolls covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat, then cut in half on the bias. Enjoy with peanut sauce.



Joe does the shopping for our cooking date and he thought it would be fun to do a comparison with the homemade peanut sauce and store bought one. So he purchased a Thai peanut sauce and we made the prepared recipe below. (Both were very good)



1/2 cup peanut butter (unsalted, unsweetened)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon minced ginger

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce

1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

1/3 cup water


Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, vinegar, sriracha, and maple syrup to a small bowl or jar. Whisk together, then whisk in the water slowly until the desired consistency has been reached. This peanut sauce tends to thicken up over time, so add more water as needed to thin. Taste and adjust as you’d like.



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